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Quebec invests nearly $100M to fight sexual exploitation of minors

Quebec is investing nearly $100 million over five years to fight the sexual exploitation of minors. Getty Images

Quebec is investing nearly $100 million over five years to fight the sexual exploitation of minors.

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault told reporters Tuesday that $79.2 million will go toward adding 40 officers and experts to join an integrated unit to fight pimping.

Another $12.6 million will be used to create a 17-person squad that will fight the production and distribution of online child pornography.

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The province will also spend $8.1 million to hire nine specialized prosecutors who will work exclusively on sex crimes cases.

The initiatives will be rolled out beginning in October.

Guilbault made the announcement Tuesday joined by Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette and several police chiefs at Quebec provincial police headquarters in Montreal.

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